Back when I listed my favorite movies of ’07, I got a few comments that were all highly suggestive of Old Country For Old Men. Having finally gotten around to it this past week, I can see why.
Firstly, for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet and plans to eventually, let me give you somewhat of a warning. This isn’t a typical type of film. It plays very slowly and meaningfully and features practically no soundtrack. Even from the Coen Brothers, this is a type of film which in no way follows any prescribed Hollywood formula. That may turn some people off, but if you are willing to give it a try anyways, I think you’ll be very surprised. By being technically simplistic in that way, it gives every scene and every bit of dialogue deeper meaning that what is presented at surface value. Which is why I suspect many are disappointed with the way it ends, but if you find yourself on the same wavelength as the film, you’ll find it perfect.
In a really perverse way, this film most reminded me of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Yeah, that sounds completely insane, but hear me out. In that movie, the plot was basically about the rivalry and intertwined story between Kirk and Khan. Yet they never technically shared a single scene together. The same goes for Old Country, except it’s about three guys as opposed to two. Their three stories are uniquely intertwined, yet they never share a scene together. It’s obviously done purposefully, and to great effect.
Though it’s pretty much Oscar bait for everyone involved, it does manage to come across as relevant, enjoyable, and cohesive. Which can’t be said about many of these types of films. I’d suggest seeing it before Oscar time so that you know what all the fuss is about.